Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday Special Stones - Rose Quartz

The name quartz comes from the Saxon word querklufterz which meant cross vein ore.. Quartz is one of the most abundant compounds found in the Earth’s surface and in most sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, and therefore, it and its many varieties come from thousands of locations around the globe. Quartz has also been found off the Earth, in rocks taken in lunar explorations. Rose Quartz crystals are very rare in nature but can be found in Brazil, Maine and California. In its more common, massive state, it can be found in Brazil, South Dakota, Colorado, Arkansas, California, Switzerland, Madagascar, India, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Malagasy Republic and Canada. Rose Quartz’ pink to rosy-red color, unique among minerals and caused by impurities of Iron and Titanium, makes it highly desirable as a gem and ornamental stone. It occurs most often as massive formations but deposits of crystals have been found in modern times.It is also more often translucent than transparent.

Although not much is known historically about Rose Quartz, beads were found in the area once known as Mesopotamia (today's Iraq) that date back to 7000 BC.  Rose Quartz jewelry was known to be crafted by the Assyrians during the time span of 800-600 BC, and it is believed that the Assyrians along with the Romans were first to use this stone.  The Romans used it for making seals as a sign of ownership.  They also considered it a strong healing stone.  Egyptians believed the pink stone prevented aging. Rose Quartz has traditionally been given to newborn babies to help in their transition from the spirit world to the physical realm, gently integrating the two and helping with adjustment. In ancient Egypt, glazed Quartz served as a substitute when no high quality examples of Turquoise could be found. The Greeks had originally named Quartz, Krystallos, the word for ice, but this soon came to mean any crystal. In China’s Ming Dynasty, Quartz often showed up as stone in jewelry work. In Pre-Columbian America, explorations of Mixtec graves have uncovered Quartz used for ear jewelry. The ancient Japanese, who revered Dragons as a major part of their creation myths, believed Quartz formed from the breath of a White Dragon. To them, Quartz was representative of perfection, which, while unattainable, was worthy of pursuit. Indian culture believed it could detect food poison. Quartz played essential roles in the rain rituals of Native Americans and the Australian Aborigines. Quartz also graced the temples of Ancient Chinese. In Western culture, Christian relics were often made of Quartz or other members of the Quartz family and many thought it was ice in fossilized form.

The Crystal Skulls have caused a huge stir within the New Age movement since they began to mysteriously appear in modern society. Believed by New Agers to possess magical properties and to have been created by the inhabitants of Atlantis, the skulls are of varying composition and craftsmanship. The most famous is the Mitchell Hodges skull, which its owners claimed to have discovered in a Mayan temple in the 1920s. This claim later turned out to be a hoax when investigators found that instead of finding it in the Mayan Temple as they had claimed, the owners had purchased the skull at an auction in London in 1924. Recent scientific studies have concluded that because of the complexity of creating them, the skulls are probably not ancient artifacts. However, these studies have been unable to determine their exact origins. Regardless of the fact that the skulls are not ancient, but rather new creations, the carving work is undeniably exquisite. Being generally well-grounded in their beliefs and unmoved by scientific evidence, followers of the New Age continue to revere them as living entities.

Physically rose quartz is used in crystal healing to benefit the heart, the circulatory system, fertility, headaches, kidney disease, migraines, sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, throat problems, depression, addictions, ear aches, slowing signs of aging, reducing wrinkles, spleen problems, fibromyalgia, and reaching one's ideal weight / weight loss. Rose quartz is also helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth. It is also sometimes said that rose quartz is helpful for supporting brain functions and increasing intellect.

In the spiritualist’s belief system, Rose Quartz is one of the most important Love stones. It is the crystal they use for all affairs of the heart, including healing, protecting, bringing peace and re-establishing the power of Love in the soul. They also revere it for balancing Yin and Yang energies, strengthening communications, removing negative energies and attracting Cherubic energies. For believers, Rose Quartz is the essential stone for increasing love and for times of extreme emotional turmoil, such as divorce, bereavement or career set backs because it helps to remind the wearer of the importance of self-love. It stimulates the body’s love centers and can result in peace and fidelity in committed relationships. As one of the most important crystals for attracting love it does emotional maintenance clearing out emotional baggage, converting negative emotions, and calms hot tempers, all of which prepare us for love. The stone is also recommended for improving mental discipline and making one more responsible, and for meditation and mental tranquility. Emotionally rose quartz brings gentleness, forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance. It raises one's self-esteem and sense of self-worth. It helps balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas, even grief, bringing peace and calm. Rose quartz removes fears, resentments and anger. It can also heal and release childhood traumas, neglect, and lack of love, in part by enhancing inner awareness. It can help with reconciliation with family and others. Overwhelming or unreasonable guilt is eased by rose quartz.

In the psychic and spiritual realms, rose quartz is often used to attract love, and for love spells. It is also used to ease the process of transition in dying. Rose quartz can be helpful for dream recall and dream work, and is considered the definitive stone for love rituals. This stone can be used to open the heart chakra, and is extremely "love attracting." It offers a soothing influence, teaching gentleness and love, helping us discover the ability to love ourselves, making us more open to others. Rose quartz hastens self acceptance, stimulates love and tender appreciation of all things and restores faith.

To Find True Love

This spell is performed on the first Friday after the New Moon. To perform this spell you will need the following items:

    • Two pink candles
    • Anointing oil (Suggested: a mixture of Rose, Lavender, Jasmine, and Ylang/Ylang oils)
    • A piece of rose quartz.
    • Incense (such as Rose or Lavender)
    • Nine rose buds (preferably pink or red).

Before you begin your spell, you must get into the right frame of mind. One of the best ways that I have found to do this is to take a ritual bath. This serves two purposes -- one, it relaxes you and gives you time to meditate on the spell that you are about to perform, and two, if you throw a tablespoon or two of sea salts into the water, it offers protection.

After you have taken your ritual bath, you may begin your spell. Begin by lighting an incense stick or cone.

Next, take one of the pink candles and hold it in your hands. Visualize your need -- your desire to find true love.

Now anoint your candle with the oil that you have chosen. This is done by placing a little of the oil on your fingertips. Grasp the candle at its midpoint with your left index finger and thumb, and use your right index finger and thumb to stroke oil on the candle from the midpoint up to the top of the candle. Next, grasp the candle at its midpoint with your right index finger and thumb, and use your left index finger and thumb to stroke oil on the candle from the midpoint down to the bottom of the candle. Continue in this fashion until the entire candle has been anointed. While ritually anointing your candle, visualize a pure white beam of light coming up from Mother Earth, entering your body through the soles of your feet and another beam of white light coming down from the Universe and entering your body through the top of your head. Envision the energy of these beams of light flowing throughout your body and mingling together, finally concentrating in your hands, causing them to feel warm and to tingle. Now continue to stroke your candle until you feel the energy from your hands transfer to the candle. Your candle is now charged with your personal energy and magical intent.

Pick up the next pink candle and hold it in your hands. Visualize the man or woman that you desire (not a specific person -- just the type of person you desire). Think about the traits that you are looking for in a mate. After you have finished your visualization, anoint the candle (as above).

Place the two pink candles in holders on your altar.

Place the rose quartz in between the two candle holders.

Encircle the two candle holders with the nine rose buds.

Light the two candles and visualize yourself in a loving relationship with the perfect mate. Continue this visualization as long as possible. Allow your candles to burn down completely.

Keep one of the rose buds and your rose quartz to carry with you in your purse or pocket to reinforce your magical intention. Scatter the eight remaining rose buds to the four corners of the wind, as an offering.

Know that the Powers of the Universe are now working on your behalf to manifest your desired result. Think no more of it. It is finished. So Mote It Be


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